Brighton Birthday

Realising that my birthday coincides with the World Horror Convention, I had arranged to throw a party there until the hotel tried to stiff me for the bill. But I’ll still be buying drinks and be signing copies of ‘Paperboy’ and my teen horror novel ‘Hellion: The Curse Of Snakes’.

Remembering Pan Horror

When I was a kid I collected the Pan Books of Horror and frightened myself witless with them. Years later, I ended up in them, with three stories (two in the original series and a third in the relaunched ‘Dark Voices’ version) and was thrilled to become part of the legacy. Now Johnny Mains has […]

The Horrors Is Coming

This spring the World Horror Conventions ups sticks and moves to Europe for the first time in its history. Calling itself Brighton Shocks, the con will be located on the South coast and will be attended a wide range of authors and publishers interested in the genre. It’s also the year when I’ll be returning […]

The Horrors

For your attention, coming in 2010 to coincide with the World Horror Convention, is ‘The Best of Best New Horror’, for which editor Stephen Jones has dug out my old story ‘Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death’, a tale that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone from outside England and Albania, a country which […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream II: Response

This came in from Guy Adams, who commissioned the BFS book discussed in the post below; ‘Our new book, In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective, Volume 1: Horror, edited by James Cooper, has come under justifiable flak for its all-male line up of interviewees. When James brought the manuscript to me with a view to our […]

Black Static

For a number of years now the publishers of Interzone have been running great magazines like this one, Black Static (formerly The Third Alternative), which you should try if you have any interest in the fantastic. You can find out more about them here.

Thank You Nottingham!

I’m back from Fantasycon, the annual beano hosted by the British Fantasy Society, which was one of the best events for several years, and had a great turn-out. I had some wonderful moments and the great pleasure of hearing Brian Clemens, writer of The Avengers, talk about his work. Expertly hosted by Steve Jones, this […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream But Not Talk

Among other things, Maura McHugh writes horror and dark fantastic fiction. This is from her blog today: ‘This weekend the British Fantasy Society is hosting its annual convention, Fantasy Con. I noticed the cover of a new book the BFS is launching at the convention: a collection of interviews with writers (the first in a […]

Exquisite Bodies on Euston Road

The anatomists of the past hired wax model makers to create disconcerting displays of the human form giving birth or eaten away with disease. The lurid lifesized models were at once both anatomy lessons, freak shows and ways of instructing the uneducated about the dangers of poor hygiene, specifically the horrors of so-called venereal diseases […]